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All volunteers under the 19 years of age will be required to provide a parental consent form prior to volunteering.
All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation prior to being hands-on.
Additional training is required for specific jobs and will be discussed at orientation in detail.
Our every day volunteers. Not ordered to complete community service.
Learn more about our group volunteering opportunities.
For those looking to complete required service hours at GHHS.
Paws For Reading is a reading program designed to enrich the lives of the dogs and cats in our care. Reading to a non-judgmental audience (like animals) has been proven to boost reading skills and confidence. The animals also receive the benefit of socialization and quiet human behavior. Children and adults are invited to read to our animals. Children (6-15 years of age) can participate as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Volunteers (16 years of age and older) can participate without adult supervision.
Paws for Reading will be held every Monday and Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. Families will be able to sign up for an hour time slot (2 families per hour). Reading takes place in our Cat Room (an open roam room) and in front of our outdoor Dog Kennels (weather permitting).
As of 1/1/23, PAWS for Reading is asking for a freewill donation of $1, per person, cash only.
This cost will help offset the cost of paper, ink, chairs and books. We appreciate your support and look forward to reading with you soon!
Students (16+ and older) may volunteer as “P4R Guides” and they will be tasked with completing a volunteer orientation, greeting families, helping them pick out a book and get situated in the correct spot, helping socialize (and reading if needed), answering any general questions and making sure GHHS rules are followed.
We ask that volunteers commit to at least 5 hours per month during a 3 month period.
Volunteers are scheduled Monday through Saturday between 8am-5pm and on Sunday from 8am – 4pm. Volunteers are also scheduled at off-site after hours events.
Volunteers are encouraged to purchase a GHHS T-shirt ($15). We understand that you may not always be able to wear your GHHS Shirt to your volunteering shift. You will be sent home if you are not dressed appropriately.
An orientation with a GHHS staff member or lead volunteer is necessary prior to volunteering. This orientation will be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and cover the GHHS mission, history, and services along with answers to questions new volunteers may have. Orientations ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and animals. We want everyone’s experience to be PAWSOME!
Additional trainings such as dog walking class will be scheduled as soon as possible based on schedules and weather.
There is always something to do at GHHS! These opportunities will be discussed with you in-depth during your interview to find the best match for you.
Yes! Please fill out the Community Service Volunteer Form for more information.
Volunteers 13+ may volunteer with their parent/guardian (must be present with child at all times) in most activities except for Dog Handling.
Volunteers 16+ may volunteer by themselves but must have a signed Parental Consent Form.
Dog handlers must be 16+ and complete the GHHS volunteer orientation and hands-on dog handling class.
Thank you for your interest in group volunteering! GHHS always has a need for volunteers, and we love organized group efforts.
Groups may volunteer Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (excluding federal holidays). We unfortunately cannot schedule groups for Saturdays. Groups may volunteer for up to 2 hours.
Due to our small building size, we can only accommodate groups of up to 12 people. Volunteers under 19 years old must have a signed Parental Consent Form. Due to insurance restrictions, we cannot accept volunteers under 16 years old and group volunteers are not allowed to handle the large dogs.
Here’s an idea of what your group may be asked to do:
Please return the completed form at least 2 weeks prior to your intended volunteer date.